Veter­ans ben­e­fit from car show and run

Serve Daily - - NEWS - By Ed Helmick

The third an­nual car show hosted by the Mervyn Sharp Ben­nion Cen­tral Utah Veter­ans Home in Payson was held on Satur­day, June 24 and was a won­der­ful day for all.

Car shows are al­ways pop­u­lar be­cause of the great mem­o­ries of a time past that these clas­sic ve­hi­cles bring back to us. This event also made it pos­si­ble for res­i­dents of the vet­eran’s home to take a ride of al­most an hour in some of the clas­sic and his­toric cars lo­cal own­ers brought out. More good mem­o­ries for all who par­tic­i­pated in the 2017 veter­ans car show.

New for this year’s event, a 5K “Run (or walk) for the Vets” started the day with about 50 en­trants made up of lo­cal sup­port­ers and veter­ans. The course which was just over 3.1 miles be­gan and ended at the Payson Veter­ans cen­ter and sev­eral wa­ter sta­tions were pro­vided along the ways. Par­tic­i­pants re­ceived a special T-shirt and a com­mem­o­ra­tive “dog tag.” More than an hour af­ter the start of this foot event peo­ple of all ages and phys­i­cal con­di­tion were cross­ing the fin­ish line. All of these folks need to be ap­plauded for their com­mit­ment and con­tri­bu­tion to the start of the day.

The car show ve­hi­cles started show­ing up about 9 a.m. and a to­tal

of 92 ve­hi­cles reg­is­tered for the event. Of these, 40 par­tic­i­pated in “the cruise for veter­ans” which took res­i­dents of the vet­eran’s home on an off-site ride through the lo­cal coun­try­side. The great plea­sure in this event was see­ing the ex­pres­sions of joy and de­light on the faces of the veter­ans as they were get­ting in the cars for the ride. This part of the car show re­ally made the day worth­while for all who wit­nessed it. This part of the day was a won­der­ful act of serv­ing our veter­ans on the part of the car own­ers who took a vet­eran for a clas­sic ride.

Af­ter lunch plaques were awarded for dif­fer­ent car cat­e­gories as judged by the ven­dor par­tic­i­pants of the event. Thirty lo­cal busi­nesses bought ven­dor space to ad­ver­tise and sell their prod­ucts. Their sup­port has to be ap­pre­ci­ated as part of the suc­cess of this event.

In ad­di­tion to cre­at­ing a great time for all, this is a fundrais­ing event for the vet­eran’s home Santa Zone gift pro­gram held in De­cem­ber for veter­ans and their fam­i­lies. Funds were raised at the free car show through the “Run for the Vets” and car reg­is­tra­tion fees (veter­ans did not have to pay reg­is­tra­tion fees how­ever), and ven­dor booth space. The fi­nal ac­count­ing is not in as Serve Daily goes to press, but the or­ga­niz­ers are pleased with how things went.

As a spec­ta­tor, the car show brought back mem­o­ries of a past when these old cars were young and so were we. Car shows are like that. This car show was a fas­ci­nat­ing ex­pe­ri­ence be­cause of the in­volve­ment of the Payson Cen­tral Utah Veter­ans Home and the joy that it brought to the res­i­dents. We will be look­ing for­ward to the 2018 Veter­ans Car Show.

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